Frank Byrne became the executive director of the Kansas City Symphony in 2002. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Symphony's general manager, functioning as the chief operating officer and coordinating all divisions of the Symphony. Before joining the Kansas City Symphony in 2001, Byrne spent 27 years in Washington, D.C. with the "President's Own" United States Marine Band. During his career with the Marine Band, Byrne combined managerial ability with broad musical experiences as a performer, writer, lecturer and active member of national and international music associations. Byrne's published editions of original marches by John Philip Sousa have been acclaimed as the most carefully researched and edited editions in history. They have become a standard part of the repertoire of bands all over the world who are interested in presenting authentic, musically valid and accurate performances of the great marches by the "March King."